Amidst dubstep's move into the pop sphere, it's tempting to write off the genre, yet it's important to remember that many of dubstep's formative players continue to re-imagine and re-invent dubstep's familiar structure. Among these few pioneers is Bristol's Peverelist, both an influential producer and curator as the owner of the Punch Drunk label. Just last week, the imprint released Worth the Weight, a two-disc compilation featuring early dubstep pioneers like Pinch and Appleblim alongside more current influentials like Shorstuff, Hyetal, and Joker. Looking to PD's next generation of artists, the Bristol-based Superisk is someone who has already stood out—we streamed his Find Your Way EP back in September—and now he's offered up a VIP version of the EP's title track to Poland-based blog BBQ. For this version, Superisk exchanged the sparse drums of the original and filled the space with an urgent bassline while adding a new layer of purple fuzz to the synths.
Who: Nicolas Jaar
Where: New York, New York
In 2004, Nicolas Jaar—who was all of 14 years old at the time—received a Villalobos album for Christmas from his father. So yes, one could say that he was on the right track pretty early on, at least as far as dance music was concerned. Born in NY, Jaar actually spent much of his childhood in Chile before returning to the Big Apple at age 11 and delving into house and techno production as a teenager. By the time he was 17, Jaar had his first proper release, 2008's The Student EP on Wolf + Lamb. Subsequent records and remixes have appeared on Circus Company, Get Physical, and his own Clown and Sunset imprint, which is currently set to release a couple of Jaar tunes as part of a special collaborative LP called Inés, to be released via a custom USB. When he's not putting the finishing touches on his debut album, which is slated to drop next February, Jaar also finds the time to study comparative literature at Brown University, where's he currently a junior. Read more »
House music enthusiasts and record collectors alike should pay close attention to this one. Buzzin' Fly label head and one half of the English duo Everything But the Girl, Ben Watt, is selling off his incredibly vast record collection in order to clear space and benefit charity. Read more »
A handful of weeks ago we filled you in on Paris beatmaker Fulgeance's new EP for Musique Large, and now we bring you Fulgeance in his Souleance incarnation, a project with partner Soulist. Souleance marks another foray into hip-hop sampling styles and drum kits, this time with an ear towards funk and more whimsical melody. The two will release an EP on November 22 called Soupape on First Word and we have the track "Passarinho" here for download. The song features chopped vocals worthy of a 9th Wonder comparison and Fulgeance's signature organ melodies that give the track extra warmth and personality.
In time for your weekend pre-funking needs comes a new mix from Contakt, who admittedly is an XLR8R employee but also happens to be an all-around-awesome DJ/producer. (He's actually getting set to release the next record from London imprint Local Action.) As one of the residents of New York's monthly future bass night TURRBOTAX®—which will be welcoming Kyle Hall, Shortstuff, and up-and-coming New York producer Laurel Halo on November 26—Contakt plays host to many of the US' and UK's best underground producers, so we're taking a sec to give him some shine. His latest mix, Fall Back, features a melange of new and unreleased tracks, some from previous TURRBOTAX® guests like Brenmar and Optimum, along with one of Contakt's own productions at the end. Read more »
This February, Sub Pop will release Mogwai's seventh full-length album, cryptically titled Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. The record's debut single, "Rano Pano," is available for free download on Sub Pop's website, for the cost of your email address, and a 7" of the single will be available January 18. You can grab the track and check out the LP's cover art and tracklist below. Read more »
The kind of injured electro-soul that Hot Chip's Joe Goddard seems to create while barely batting an eyelash is another ideal soundscape to pair with Ghostpoet's own lovelorn essence. On this remix for Dels' (picture above) new single, "Trumpalump," the well-matched pair have a go at recreating the bombastic number in their own images. While Ghostpoet switches out Dels' flow for his own take on the personal verbiage, Goddard works out a somber, head-nodding beat with some touching Rhodes flourishes, a lulling bass melody, and a few ethereal harmonies that rise and fall in either ear. He sings the chorus, too, and it sounds just as heartfelt as anything he's done with his main musical outlet. We certainly wouldn't mind hearing more from this great collaboration.
Back in March of this year, Swedish duo The Knife released its incredible score for the opera Tomorrow In a Year, a musical collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock. Now comes news that one of the standout tracks of the score, "Seeds," is set to be released as a 12" with remixes from Ghostly International's Portable (a.k.a. Bodycode) and Intacto label head Shinedoe. Read more »
Brighton's ongoing skweee-loving club night Donky Pitch just established itself as a record label, too, with the release of its first 12", Slugabed's and Ghost Mutt's Donky Stomp EP. On that split release is this crunchy remix of the title track by Spanish producer Mwëslee. The hyped-up rework of the roaring tune by Slugabed (pictured above) is infused with a heaping share of incandescent synth melodies and ear-slapping crunk beats à la Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, and the rest of that young Scottish bunch—sounding like the theme song for a hip-hop DJ who doubles as a superhero by night.
Just the other day on Sinden's radio show for the Kiss station, the DJ/producer hosted the proud fathers of a brand-new debut album, Lando Kal and Low Limit (a.k.a. Lazer Sword, pictured above). Essentially, the broadcast is split into two halves; the first part has Sinden running things with some tracks from Bullion, LV, and Ikonika, among others, and the latter half features Lazer Sword behind the decks. Read more »
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